The body of the 8-year-old girl that fell into the canal at the Vygieskraal informal settlement in Athlone has not yet been retrieved, despite an extensive search over the past few days. It has been just under a week since little Abieda Steenkamp was washed away in the canal under[…]
It’s been just under two years since the informal settlement known as Cathkin Village was erected. The village sits adjacent to Cathkin High School. The land was a vacant plot off of Fifth Street in Heideveld. The people occupying the land are mostly elderly. Some pensioners have been on the[…]
One man’s trash really is another man’s treasure. A self-taught builder from a Cape Town informal settlement has built himself a palatial home using scrap materials, and it took him less than a month. Fernando Mucavela’s home is also known as Fernando Palace. READ: Have a look at SA’s own upside-down[…]
By Zaahidah Meyer Violent protests are on the rise in the Western Cape, with most of it being due to insufficient land and housing. The City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit has already removed 26 000 illegal structures this year, almost doubling the amount of illegal structures removed last[…]
The City of Cape Town defended its decision to rezone a portion of land for housing upgrades in Gugulethu, as angry residents cordoned off a section of the suburb with burning barricades on Wednesday. ”The intent of the project is to upgrade the informal settlement on the land by subdividing[…]
With the fire season already in full swing, additional staff and resources have been deployed to bolster the city’s fire-fighting capabilities in the coming weeks. Since the beginning of October, the service has been called into action for a number of structural and vegetation fires, as witnessed by the recent[…]
With freezing temperatures across the country, local humanitarian agency Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) has made an impassioned appeal to the Muslim community to support its projects this winter. On Wednesday, city disaster management authorities attended to several areas affected by flooding, with informal settlements the hardest hit.In South Africa,[…]
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